Lin Phuoc Pagoda: a giant glass dragon and a statue of a flower goddess
Pagoda Linh Phuoc (Lin Phuoc) in Dalat can, in a good sense, be called Disneyland pagodas. In one place so many magnificent sights have been collected, that will stun as much as if you were in an amusement park.
For Lin Phuoc has long been entrenched the right to set national records – the largest bell in Vietnam, the longest glass dragon (49 meters), the tallest statue of Quan Am Bodhisattva. The list can be continued and continued. There is even an unofficial name – “Temple of a thousand dragons.” And already perceived as a reality, that the sculptures here are more beautiful than in other cities, thanks to a unique mosaic architectural style – they are made of glass and ceramic fragments. Yes, you will see for yourself as soon as you turn into an alley that will lead you to the entrance to the pagoda.
Creating a complex
The temple complex itself has a long history. Construction began in 1949 and ended in 1952, which discourages. At one glance at the scale it is difficult to fit in the head, as it was possible to create such majestic beauty in just three years. And, by the way, it still exists, mostly thanks to funding from Buddhist personal funds and pilgrims. “Material” for construction was collected by the whole country, everything went into the course: facing tiles, pots, vases.
So the pagoda and existed until 1990, until it was completely reconstructed, at the same time installed a triple gate. The search for her location has become much easier, and the highest tower can be seen from the main road.
Lin Fawok is located just 8 kilometers from the city center of Dalat.
Just be sure to take a camera, because such beauty can not be left without attention. But you can not take photos inside the prayer hall. Remember that pilgrims from all over Vietnam and neighboring countries flock here. And for them it is not just a tourist attraction, but a place where Buddha’s praise rises and you can ask for help in solving problems. So you should respect other people’s traditions and at the entrance to the temple to observe the rules, namely – to remove shoes and hats, and shoulders and knees to cover.
In order not to get confused, we offer you a map where the location of the pagoda is clearly shown:
First of all, on arrival, you get to the parking lot, where you meet wooden carvings, from which the acquaintance with Lin Fouc begins. If you have a cherished dream, the realization of which takes thoughts, we advise you to head straight to the highest tower of the complex, whose height reaches 49 meters. Inside is the largest bell in Vietnam, on the walls of which one should paste a note describing the desire and thrice hit it.
It is very easy to learn the tower. It consists of 7 floors, each with a balcony, and the base is guarded by lions and a guard. The first thing that catches your eye at the entrance – two seated on the throne of the deity, and nearby a spiral staircase, along which you can get to the very top. From the height, the head may slightly spin, but, most likely, it will more dizzy from the amount of colors, mosaics and beauty that will accompany you all the way. So many bright colors, and everything is intertwined in different patterns, images of dragons, deities. And the mosaic shimmers in the sun, enhancing the effect of celebration and splendor.
With the further ascent of the stairs, you will be accompanied by many statues of the Buddha. And if you rise to the top, then reward yourself with a stunning view of the town and the surrounding area.
Going down, do not forget to also look into the adjacent building, consisting of four floors, where you will get acquainted with the flower goddess Bodhisattva. It consists entirely of the flowers of the immortelle and is so huge that, in order to look at it, one has to bully his head. Naturally, the Bodhisattva needs a retinue, so around it are other goddesses, only three meters high.
Also in one of the halls, surrounded by subjects, towers a statue of the Buddha himself in white robes. The walls of the hall, like the whole pagoda, are decorated with mosaic, and this does not cease to delight.
If we go into the interior of the complex, for the towers already familiar to us, we will see interesting carved wooden figures created by local craftsmen from huge solid pieces of wood. If you want to buy something from this, then the venture is realistic. By the way, money from the sale will go to support the life of the pagoda.
In summary, we want to say that the Lin Phuoc pagoda is an obligatory place to visit if you are in Dalat. So much mosaic, colorful and incredibly beautiful, you are unlikely to meet anywhere else. It is also a wonderful opportunity to touch a different religion, a different culture and worldview, to see them from within, and not just in the pages of the guide.